Volunteer

Our Volunteers are Special!

If you would like to volunteer at Silver Lake Nature please fill out a volunteer application and contact Arden to schedule an appointment.    Vol App Fnl

Arden Williams
267.880.5020
awilliams@buckscounty.org

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Volunteer Opportunities/Events Coming Soon…

(Please contact Arden Williams to pre-register)

Volunteer Work Days-from 9 am to 2 pm (rain or shine)
Saturday, October 6th Waterway Cleanup

Please come out and help us clean up around Cassalia Pond, Magnolia Lake, and Silver Lake. There are opportunities to help cleanup the coastline by foot on land or if you have a watercraft, then you can cleanup from on the water.

 OPEN VOLUNTEER POSITIONS

Trail and Ground Maintenance Crew
We are looking for volunteers who are willing to regularly maintain the ponds and flower gardens on the preserve. You would be able to set your own schedule and work at your own pace. There is no replacement for the joy and sense of accomplishment you can experience from tending a garden or maintaining a pond habitat.

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Volunteers of the Quarter:

Summer Camp Counselors in Training (CIT’s)

Without our volunteer CIT’s summer camp would be impossible. CIT’s assist camp counselors in all aspects of summer camp. The CIT’s arrive before the campers to help set up for the day and stay after the campers leave to prepare for the next day. Several of the CIT’s chose to run activities with the campers such as watercolor painting on the observation deck and teaching about native birds. Sometimes the tasks they help with are not so glamourous, like bringing camp food scraps to the composter. CIT’s are adored by counselors and campers alike. They help bridge the gap between the kids and the adults and are an integral part of our summer camp family.

The CIT’s range in age from 15 – 24 and come from a variety of backgrounds. Several of the CIT’s go to Bucks County Technical School and are thinking of pursuing careers in child care. Many of the other CIT’s started out as SLNC campers and have climbed the ranks to help run camp. While other teenagers are at home playing video games or spending time with their friends, these young adults are learning valuable skills and acting as positive role models for our campers. Volunteerism is alive and well with this generation, and we look forward to watching them grow as they continue to make the world a better place.

 

Volunteer Accomplishments:

A rainy summer season has kept the lawn mowers buzzing and hedging sheers snipping. It has been the perfect time to line the trails with fresh mulch and gravel fines. Walking the trails after it rains gives us a chance to see where trouble spots may be. Correcting muddy areas on the ADA trails and bare areas on the hiking trails can be challenging at times; however, our work day volunteers are always up for making sure the job gets done. They bring tools from home and make sure the tools we have on sight are performing in the best way possible. Our volunteers range in age from 15 – 97 and , they surprise me each month with how enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and hardworking they are.

Volunteer Bob Pearson took time to go to a 3 day Trail Stewardship Workshop led by the Pennsylvania Equine Council. While most of the information pertained to maintaining horse trails, pedestrians share many trails with horseback riders, so he was able to glean some valuable information about how to proceed with or projected trail expansion around Silver Lake. Volunteer Bob Mercer spent more than 20 hours removing the invasive plant Mile-A-Minute from Delhaas Woods. And Volunteer Roger Clark has been painting a new mural on the back of the kayak shed near the Earthship.

The Community Crafters have completed more quilts and have been working to put together toiletry kits for the homeless. The kits will include a sewn bag, a crocheted soap bag, and personal hygiene items.

The turtle study that has been taking place here under the direction of Professor Hal Avery is in the early stages of being turned over to some of our Master Naturalist Volunteers. These skilled volunteers will observe, document, and maintain the designated habitat area of the endangered Red Bellied Turtle.

So please do join up with us and see what amazing things you can do while you’re here!

If you would like to volunteer,
Please contact Arden at the Center.
267.880.5020
awilliams@buckscounty.org

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Arden Williams: Coordinator of Volunteers and Administrative Assistant

If you would like to volunteer,
Please contact Arden at the Center.
267-880-5020
awilliams@buckscounty.org

 

Volunteer Handbook